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First Race Todaypawistik
Oct 19, 2003 8:36 PM
Well I finally entered my 1st cyclocross race today (my first bike race of any sort). I didn't die, I just felt like I died. I think I came in dead last (at least in the men's division), I'll know for sure when the results are posted ( All in all I feel pretty good about it. I was only lapped 2x by the top guy (racing in a different division than me), and I know every other person out there had more experience than I. Now that I'm an "experienced" racer, I'll know better what to expect next time. I'll also have to see what I can do to avoid having that horrible cramp in my side again (started 1/2 way into first lap and eventually subsided into a dull ache for the rest of the race). Hopefully my lungs are in better shape next time too. I woke up this morning with a bit of a cough and after the race I thought my lungs were going to tear themselves out of my chest & bludgeon me to death with my windpipe.

Just thought I'd relate my experience since it was advice on this board that gave me all sorts of info and the encouragement to get a cross bike in the first place (I love my bike - I can blaze along the singletrack, break from the bush, hop a curb onto the road, and absolutely fly down the pavement).

Yup, you're hooked. Me too, it doesn't get any easier...Spunout
Oct 20, 2003 4:00 AM
you just go faster.
"ride until you are on the verge of puking"KonaMan
Oct 20, 2003 8:04 AM
that's how I did my second cross ride (yesterday in the CrossCrusade). Going into the third lap, felt like puking... unzipped the jersey a little and away we go!

Persued a guy that was about 200 yards ahead going into the final lap and caught him as we got up onto the final stretch, no looking back and charge up the hill to take him.

What a rush... hehehe
Race day food intakeKevinB
Oct 20, 2003 2:07 PM
Read up on this you probably ate too much too close to the race causing the cramp in your side.